Review: Disability, Death, or Other Circumstance

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What an awesome little story Annaliese Lemmon has put together. All of four hundred words, it manages a humor and pathos that most stories fail to achieve using thousands.

The characters are rich, despite the lack of length. You get a sense of their humor and resolve.  The absurdist premise does not detract from their mundane humanity in any way.

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Yes, I am gushing over four hundred words, a story mostly in list form, and with an unnamed protagonist. Because it’s fabulous.

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Annaliese really sold me on this family and her premise by line two.  The narrator’s attempt to find the silver linings and the humor of trying to live with such a situation are perfectly balanced.

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And even better, she did not dumb down her references, while simultaneously explaining them to an audience that might not be familiar with the original work.

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Then there’s the ending, and the gut punch, which I will not spoil. But seriously, read this story.

 

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So, would I read it again? I have, already, several times. At four hundred words, it is simple, yet elegent, and utterly rereadable. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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